Merrin Dungey

Born: 06/08/1971 (51 yo)
Birth place: Sacramento, California (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress


Merrin Dungey is an American film and television actress, best known for her roles on the television series The King of Queens, Alias and Summerland.


Dungey was born and raised in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Don Dungey, a general services manager. As a child, she was active in ballet and dance as well as piano. Dungey was also an accomplished ice skater. Dungey graduated in 1989 from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California. She earned a degree of Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. Merrin Dungey has one sister, Channing Dungey, who is also deeply involved in the film industry. Channing Dungey has worked for various studios including Steven Seagal's Steamroller Productions, Warner Bros. Productions, and is currently Senior VP of Drama Development at ABC Entertainment.


Dungey had small roles in Hollywood films such as EDtv and Deep Impact and on television series such as Martin, before landing the role of Kelly Palmer on the CBS television series The King of Queens, on which she starred from 1999 to 2007. She appeared in every season in the series except for the 2002-2003 season.

Dungey is also well known for her role as Francie Calfo on the drama series Alias, on which she starred from 2001 to 2003 and reprised in a surprise appearance in the series finale episode All the Time in the World. She also had a recurring role on the FOX sitcom Malcolm in the Middle as Stevie's mother, Kitty Kernaban. At one point in 2001, Dungey was appearing in all three shows (King of Queens, Malcolm in the Middle and Alias) at the same time.

Dungey then portrayed Susannah in the WB drama series Summerland from 2004 to 2005.

She has also guest starred on various TV series including Living Single, ER, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Friends, The West Wing, Babylon 5 and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Dungey appeared in the pilot of the series Private Practice but was replaced by actress Audra McDonald for the actual series.

Most recently, Dungey guest-starred on the ABC sitcom's Surviving Suburbia starring Bob Saget, Better Off Ted starring Portia de Rossi, Castle starring Nathan Fillion and HBO's Hung starring Thomas Jane. She currently portrays Ellie on the Nick at Nite television series Hollywood Heights.

Family life

Dungey briefly dated fashion model Travis Fimmel in the early 2000s before breaking up in 2003. Merrin married Matthew Drake in a Mariachi style wedding ceremony in Cancun, Mexico in May 2007. She gave birth to their daughter in June 2008.

Websites & Social Networks


  • 1998      Deep Impact
  • 1999      EDtv
  • 2001      The Sky Is Falling
  • 2001      Odessa or Bust
  • 2002      Scream at the Sound of the Beep
  • 2011      L!fe Happens


  • 1995      Martin
  • 1996      Babylon 5
  • 1996      Living Single
  • 1996      Party Girl
  • 1997      Caroline in the City
  • 1997      ER
  • 1997      Murphy Brown
  • 1998      Seinfeld
  • 1999      Tracey Takes On...
  • 1999      Saved by the Bell: The New Class
  • 1999      The West Wing
  • 1999      G vs E
  • 1999-07 The King of Queens (39 episodes)
  • 2000      Jesse


  • 2000      City of Angels
  • 2000      Friends
  • 2000-01 Grosse Pointe
  • 2000-01 Malcolm in the Middle
  • 2001      Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • 2001-03 Alias (46 episodes)
  • 2004-05 Summerland (26 episodes)
  • 2006      Beyond
  • 2006      Alias
  • 2007      Boston Legal
  • 2007      Grey's Anatomy
  • 2009      Masterwork
  • 2009      Surviving Suburbia
  • 2009-10 Better Off Ted
  • 2010      Castle
  • 2010      The Closer
  • 2010      Hung
  • 2010      Outlaw
  • 2012      Revenge
  • 2012      Hollywood Heights
  • 2013      90210